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[TowerTalk] RG-6 Source(s) et al.

Subject: [TowerTalk] RG-6 Source(s) et al.
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Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 01:14:30 GMT
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The burial grade of RG-6 has a sticky gel impregnating the braid(s.)

Theory being that if the cover is nicked, the gel will ooze out and preclude 
water entry.  I've been told, but have not been able to verify, that the gel is 
also infused with a compound that is foul-tasting to rodents.

You may find this material at hamfests or contact your cabal (sic pun intended) 
company for "spool ends."  If at hamfests, inspect the cable to make sure it 
has the gel and check the spool to see if it has been sitting for a long time.

RG-6 takes a different kind of "F" connector than RG-59 as the center insulator 
is larger in diameter.  The connectors you want have a one-piece @1/2" long 
barrel and require the use of a hex-shaped crimping die.  A "round" crimper 
will not work properly. Hamfests may be a source.  What you DO NOT want are 
"screw-on" RG-6 connectors.  Imagine a steaming pile on the ground at the south 
end of a north-facing bull.  The really good RG-6 connectors are aluminum and a 
dull yellow-green color and may have a dab of sealant or an "O-ring" inside to 
improve weather resistance.  Perhaps you can beg a few from the cabal company.

Use caution when installing the connector, don't nick the center conductor as 
almost all of them are copper-plated steel.

I've installed many miles of RG-6 and crimped thousands of connectors.

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